Indoor S’Mores

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Every once in a while it is okay to splurge on a fun dessert. Whether you bake cookies with your kids or have your friends over for cake.

Camp-outs are also a fun time for snacks but, for the folks who prefer to sleep in an air-conditioned bedroom, try Indoor S’Mores.

4 servings

Active Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 whole graham crackers, broken in half
  • 4 marshmallows
  • 2 tablespoons bittersweet chocolate chips, melted (see Tip)

PREPARATION

  1. Position oven rack in the upper third of the oven; preheat broiler.
  2. Place graham cracker halves on a baking sheet; top each with 1 marshmallow. Broil, with the oven door ajar and watching carefully, until the marshmallows are golden brown, 45 to 75 seconds. Remove from the oven and drizzle each S’more with a little melted chocolate.

TIPS & NOTES

  • Tip: To melt chocolate: Microwave on Medium for 1 minute. Stir, then continue microwaving on Medium in 20-second intervals until melted, stirring after each interval. Or place in the top of a double boiler over hot, but not boiling, water. Stir until melted.

NUTRITION

Per serving: 98 calories; 3 g fat ( 1 g sat , 0 g mono ); 0 mg cholesterol; 18 g carbohydrates; 1 g protein; 0 g fiber; 70 mg sodium; 33 mg potassium.

Carbohydrate Servings: 1

 

 

http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/indoor_smores.html



Did You Know? 10 Fun Facts about Women

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  1. The word “woman” is believed to have been derived from the Middle English term “wyfman.” If you break that down, it is simply the “wife of man.” Wow.
  2. Did you know that women only own 1% of the world’s land?
  3. The two highest IQ’s ever recorded, according to standard tests, both belong to women. Girl Power at its finest.
  4. The English word “girl” was initially used to describe a young person of either sex.  It was not until the beginning of the sixteenth century that the term was used to specifically describe a female child.
  5. If you are a women in Saudi Arabia, you can get a divorce from your husband if he does not bring you coffee.
  6. In most countries worldwide, the life expectancy for women is higher than men.
  7. The very first Mother’s Day was held on May 10, 1908. It was organized by Anna Jarvis of West Virginia and Philadelphia. As the even gained popularity, Congress designated the second Sunday in May as a national day of recognition for mothers in 1914.
  8. Victoria Woodhull was the first woman to run for U.S. president.  She campaigned for the office in 1872 under the National Woman’s Suffrage Association.  While women would not be granted the right to vote by a constitutional amendment for nearly 50 years, there were no laws prohibiting a woman from running for the chief executive position.
  9. 91% of elementary teachers are women.
  10.  Women blink twice as many times as men do.



Importance of Sleep

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According to The Harvard Women’s Health Watch, there are six main reasons why you should focus on getting a good night’s sleep.

  1. Immune System: If you are deprived of sleep your immune function is altered.  This may be why they say that keeping up with sleep helps to fight cancer.
  2. Cardiovascular Health:  Sleep disorders like insomnia have been linked to conditions like hypertension, irregular heartbeat, and an increase in stress hormone levels. Stress also leads to other health problems.
  3. Learning and Memory: The brain needs sleep for memory consolidation. This process helps the brain to commit to new information and memory. Studies suggest that people who had a good night’s sleep after learning something new did better on later testing on that task.
  4. Safety: If a person is sleep deprived they can actually fall asleep during the daytime.  This can cause falls and mistakes like air traffic mishaps, road accidents, medical errors, and the list can go on. You need sleep to perform in the daytime.
  5. Metabolism and Weight: All women listen closely when they hear this reason why sleep is important. Sleep deprivation can cause weight gain by affecting the body’s process to store carbohydrates and even alters levels of hormones that affect appetite.
  6. Last But Not Least, Mood: Without a good night’s sleep, you will result in irritability, impatience, inability to concentrate, and moodiness.  Also, if a person is too tired they cannot do the things they like to do. Sleep deprivation interferes with quality of life.

Do deep breaths, mediate, turn off stimulation like TV and cell phones and get the good night’s rest you deserve.



Whole Grains Are Even Better Than We Thought

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A New Front In The War On Cancer
from the
American Institute for Cancer Research

Whole grains are even better than we thought.

New research reported by the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) shows that whole grains like corn, whole wheat, oats and brown rice have powerful antioxidants cancer-fighting agents that have gone undocumented for years. Whole grains, the study found, exhibit a level of anti-cancer activity that is equal to, and sometimes greater than, the level known to occur in vegetables and fruits.

The finding may begin to clear up one of the most controversial and confusing questions in contemporary diet-cancer science: the role of high-fiber diets in lowering colon cancer risk. For years, scientists have

wondered why people whose diets are high in fiber-rich whole grains consistently have lower risk for colon cancer. Yet short-term clinical trials involving small groups of subjects yield inconsistent results.

The answer may lie in the fact that clinical trials tended to overlook a role for whole grains and focused instead on the role of fiber alone in lowering colon cancer risk. The new research suggests that future clinical studies would benefit from a broader perspective one that accounts for the collective, interactive effects of whole grains themselves, the fiber they contain, and the various protective substances now revealed.

The finding underscores the need for Americans to choose whole grains whenever they can. Some simple adjustments in shopping and cooking can help. Use whole-wheat pasta, ask for brown rice at an Asian restaurant, and make sure any bread you eat is 100 percent whole grain.

Of the whole grains tested, corn had the highest total antioxidant activity, followed by whole wheat, oats and brown rice.

The scientists involved in the new study say that the key to whole grain’s enormous cancer-fighting potential lies in its very wholeness. A grain of whole wheat is composed of three parts: endosperm, bran and germ. When wheat or any grain is refined, the bran and germ where most of the protective phytochemicals and fiber are stored are removed.

These new findings may partially explain why diets high in whole grains can help reduce the incidence of colon cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, heart disease and diabetes.

This study reinforces AICR’s commitment to meals with variety. Different plant foods have different phytochemicals. To ward off disease, the body needs synergy or teamwork among the various foods on your plate, including whole grains.

Brown Rice Salad with Peas and Red Pepper

1 cup frozen peas, thawed
2 cups long grain brown rice, cooked
1 small red pepper, diced
1 small bunch watercress, chopped
2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp. rice vinegar
1 small clove garlic, finely minced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 Tbsp. pine nuts

Microwave peas on high for 1 minute. In a medium salad bowl, combine peas, brown rice, red pepper and watercress. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, rice vinegar and garlic. Add to rice mixture, tossing well to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Garnish with pine nuts.

Makes 8 servings.

Per serving: 118 calories, 5 g. total fat (less than 1 g. saturated fat), 15 g. carbohydrate, 3 g. protein, 2 g. dietary fiber, 19 mg. sodium.

 

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Many Factors Can Contribute to an Increased Risk of Breast Cancer

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To have these risk factors present does not mean you are automatically going to get breast cancer and the absence of these factors does not assure you will not get it either. The perfect example is family history. If your family has a history of breast cancer, you are put at higher risk but, 80%-90% of women who get the breast cancer diagnosis have no known family history of it.

Aging is one of the most important although there is a rise in younger women being diagnosed. At age 20, a woman’s risk is 1 in 1,985. Women at age 70, the risk rises to 1 in 24. If a women lives to 85 years old, her risk increases to 1 in 8. In a woman’s lifetime, their risk of getting breast cancer is 8%, or 1 in 12.

Of course there are other factors that can increase your risk. If a woman has her first period before age 12, is in menopause after 55, or has excess weight after menopause, their risk increases.

Even your history of childbirth is a factor. If a woman has her first child after 30, has no children, or is taking birth control pills for five years or longer, their risk of breast cancer increases.

Drinking more than one alcoholic drink per day, current use of estrogen and progesterone hormone replacement therapy, high breast density, exposure to large amounts of radiation, a previous biopsy showing an excessive growth of tissue, treatment for Hodgkin’s disease at a young age, and a history of breast or ovarian cancer are all risk factors.

It is important to do all that you can to live a healthy lifestyle. Learn about prevention.



10 Reasons Women Should Do Resistance Training

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Women seem to have a misconception about adding weights to their exercise routine. Resistance training can be greatly beneficial. There are even greater benefits for women over forty. What are those benefits?
You Will Lose Body Fat.
You Will Gain Strength Without The Bulk.
Your Athletic Performance Will Improve.
You Will Be Physically Stronger.
Your Risk Of Arthritis and Back Aches Will Be Significantly Reduced.
Your Risk Of Heart Disease Will Decrease.
Your Risk Of Diabetes Will Be Reduced.
You Can Start At Any Age! It Is Never Too Late To Start.
Your Attitude Will Improve. (Exercise Fights Depression)
Resistance training can even be enjoyed with the man in your life.

Exercise along with a healthy diet contributes to overall better health and aides in cancer prevention and recovery. Start today!



Spring/Summer Tea, Anyone?

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Green tea offers many health benefits. There are even studies that suggest that drinking green tea may slow down cancer growth. Other benefits include, but not limited to, stabilization of cholesterol, prevention of cardiovascular disease, promotion of weight loss, boosts metabolism, eases the pain of rheumatoid arthritis, reduces in tooth decay, effective in the treatment of multiple sclerosis, slows onset of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, fights causes of allergies, aids in reduction and prevention of acne, and even slows down the aging process to prevent wrinkles!
Why not plan a spring tea party for your friends and family? Come up with a theme or just decorate a lovely table along with a gorgeous flower centerpiece. The ideas are limitless. Discuss with the girls the wonderful benefits of green tea and make a plan to start your summer health kick.



Water Based Nail Polish, the Toxic Free Way to Go

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Water based polishes are preferred over other forms of nail polish. Water is the main ingredient and the nail polish does not give off any unpleasant vapors. What you want to look out for is the “toxic trio” in your nail polish ingredients. The “toxic trio” includes formaldehyde, toluene, and dibutyl phthalate.
When you get passed the ingredient list it is time to choose a color. Neutrals are the rave for summer of 2012. You can also go for the fashion trend of mint green.

She is sporting the gorgeous New Neutral of Transparent Pink:

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Who Doesn’t Love Hummus Dip?

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This dip would be great to serve to your afternoon guests.

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